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State and local COVID-19 update

On Monday, March 8, the CDC announced updated recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after second doses if immunized with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The guidance states that while fully vaccinated people should continue to follow the three Ws in public settings, fully vaccinated people may visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. The complete list of recommendations for fully vaccinated people can be found on the CDC’s website, cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.

Statewide coronavirus statistics show new cases number 1,228 as reported on March 8. Some 1,126 North Carolinians are hospitalized with coronavirus and 11,535 North Carolinians have died due to the virus.

Dare County – Over the past nine weeks, Dare County has administered 9,398 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 6,541 second doses. Over the next two weeks, the county health department workers will administer an additional 3,050 first doses and 1,204 second doses.

Dare County has received approval for a special event request for 1,500 first doses to be administered this week. With this increase in vaccine allotment, effective March 9, 2021, Dare County will begin accepting registrations for individuals in Group 4. Group 4 includes anyone 18 and older who has one or more high risk medical conditions and individuals who work directly with the public, states the Tuesday, March 9 Dare County update.

Anyone in Groups 1 – 4, may now go to the website at darenc.com/covidvaccine to complete the vaccination request form or call 475-5008.

As of March 9, 2021, Dare County’s death count remains at 14 persons.

The total number of cumulative COVID-19 cases in Dare County is 2,813 on March 9. Active positive resident cases number 11 according to the county’s dashboard, with 11 in home isolation. No one from Dare County is currently hospitalized with the coronavirus.

Hyde County – On March 5, Hyde County Health Department reported 641 total cumulative cases with two active positive cases. Deaths remain at eight persons. Hyde County updates its case numbers each Friday.

Some 1,416 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 858 second doses, according to the state’s vaccine page on March 8.

Tyrrell County – Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District writes that Tyrrell County, on March 4, had 13 active COVID-19 cases. Six individuals have died in the county due to coronavirus. Tyrrell House, a residential care facility, remains on the congregant living outbreak list.

In Tyrrell County, 767 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 503 second doses have been administered as of March 8, on the state’s dashboard.

The Health District writes: “HUGE shoutout to everyone that made this past Saturday’s mass COVID vaccination event a major success at Riverside High School. We were able to give close to 1,200 vaccinations!”

Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank counties – Albemarle Regional Health Services has posted the following case information as of March 7:

Camden: 596 lab-confirmed cases, with 17 cases now active. Camden County has lost five people to the coronavirus.

Currituck: 1,396 total lab-confirmed cases are counted. Some 25 cases are active. Currituck County has lost 15 people to coronavirus. Currituck Health and Rehabilitation Center remains on the outbreak list.

Pasquotank: 3,091 lab-confirmed cases. Active cases number 32. COVID-related deaths in the county number 78 people. In Pasquotank, 9,521 vaccine first doses and 6,293 second doses have been administered, according to the state’s dashboard. Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation, Citadel Elizabeth City, Waterbrooke and Brookdale Elizabeth City remain on the congregant living outbreak list as does Albemarle District Jail.

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